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Lavaca Medical Center Intro to Health Careers Summer Day Camp

A great group of students recently participated in Lavaca Medical Center's Intro to Health Careers Summer Day
Camp! This camp allowed students to get a brief sneak peek into various health careers. The group was able to
visit various facility departments, as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

A big "THANK YOU!" goes out to all of the LMC staff that welcomed our Summer Camp and assisted in
giving the group a wonderful learning experience. We also say "THANK YOU!" to the community leaders that
also participated in the program - LCRS Chief Michael Furrh and Assistant Chief Tim Decker, Natalie Knesek,
Ph.D., CFCS, Lavaca County Extension Agent, and Deedra Lahodny, MSN, RN, Associate Professor of
Nursing at Victoria College and VC nursing students. All went above and beyond to enrich the students'
experience, and it is greatly appreciated!

The students enjoyed the camp, as did all of the presenters. Lavaca Medical Center looks forward to making
the camp an annual summer program for local students.

I wanted to share this with you all as it was a really fun experience, which I hope we can expand in the
future! Scroll down to check out some of our day in the photos below!

First LMC Intro to Health Careers Summer Day Camp!

Banana suturing demonstration presented by Amanda Kurtz, PA-C, assisted by Marlene Irvin, RN, CNO & Holly Cliffe, RN, ADON. The students actually were able to scrub up and actually suture all on their own!

LCRS Chief Michael Furrh & Assistant Chief Tim Decker discussed emergency care, as well as what it takes to be an EMT or Paramedic. The students even tried out the back of the ambulance!

Deedra Lahodny, MSN, RN, Associate Professor of Victoria Nursing School spoke with the students about the careers in the nursing field.

She and some of the current nursing students had a couple of hands-on activities planned for our group, including a mannequin patient simulation (complete with QR code diagnosis!)

The students got up close and personal with a set of cow lungs as Kayla Sralla, RRT & Bridget Boedeker, CRT did a Respiratory Therapy presentation! They demonstrated how our lungs work by inflating and deflating the cow lungs, and by pointing out specific anatomy.